Charles Dickens Museum opens after extensive renovations

By Daniel S Levine,

The Charles Dickens museum in London is reopening after an eight-month renovation project. It comes just in time for the bicentennial anniversary of the A Christmas Carol author’s birth.

According to Reuters, the museum is located at 48 Doughty Street, the house where Dickens lived from 1837 to 1839 and where he wrote the classic novels Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby.

“We wanted to recreate it like a home, so visitors could feel like they're actually visiting Charles Dickens and that he might step back in at any time,” museum director Florian Schweizer told Reuters Monday.

The renovations project cost 3.1 million pounds and was mostly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It first opened in 1925 and is the last-surviving London home of the author.

According to the museum’s website, visitors will be entertained by guest readings in Dickens’ drawing room and see personal items in his master bedroom. In a second bedroom, visitors will get a look at Dickens’ relationship with mortality. There, they can see the latest acquisition - photographs of a rail crash that he was involved in.

The LA Times reports that tickets for children cost $3 and $6 for adults.

Dickensian professor Michael Slater will appear at the museum for a reading of A Christmas Carol on Dec. 18.

In other Dickens news, The BBC reports, a signed copy of A Christmas Carol by Dickens is heading to Malton, North Yorkshire. That’s where the office that inspired Scrooge's counting office is located.



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